A newborn baby boy has been found alive in a dumpster on the Claflin University campus in South Carolina and now police are charging his 19-year-old mother with attempted murder.
Claflin student Amber Brianna Fulton, of Kingstree, has also been charged with illegal contact towards a child.
Her son, less than five hours old, was discovered in the trash by custodians at around 8.55am on Wednesday.
The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety stated that university employees were disposing of trash collected from a dormitory when they heard the sound of a baby crying coming from the dumpster on Goff Avenue, reported The Tand D.
They peered into the bin and found the newborn stuffed inside a trash bag. He was not wearing any clothes or a diaper.
The custodians tore open the plastic sack so the child, a full term baby boy weighing 5 lbs 7 ounces, could draw a breath.
The Claflin staffers immediately contacted campus security and called for medical help.
According to a police report, when investigators tracked down Amber Fulton, the 19-year-old allegedly admitted to giving birth in secret in a dormitory bathroom at around 4am Wednesday.
The station WBTV reported, citing the document, that the teen mom used a pair of scissors to cut the umbilical cord and wiped the newborn with some tissues.
Fulton’s arrest warrant states that after delivering the boy, the college student placed him in a plastic bag, then stuffed it into a larger black trash bag, which she tied with a loose knot, and then dumped the bundle containing her son into the dumpster behind the Claflin dining room.
When interviewed by police, Fulton reportedly explained that she was trying to hide her pregnancy from her family.
The teenage mother has been taken to the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg for evaluation. Police say both Fulton and her son are in good condition.
Under South Carolina’s Daniels’ Law, infants up to 60 days old can be legally abandoned at a safe heaven, such a fire station, a police station or a hospital, no questions asked.